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tee someone off

Sl. to make someone angry. (See also teed off.) That really teed me off! Well, you sure managed to tee off everybody!
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tee off

 
1. Lit. to start the first hole in a game of golf. It's time to tee off. Let's get on the course. What time do we tee off?
2. Fig. to begin [doing anything]; to be the first one to start something. The master of ceremonies teed off with a few jokes and then introduced the first act. Everyone is seated and ready to begin. Why don't you tee off?
See also: off, tee

tee off

1. Start or begin, as in We teed off the fundraising drive with a banquet. This usage is a metaphor taken from golf, where tee off means "start play by driving a golf ball from the tee." [Second half of 1900s]
2. Make angry or irritated, as in That rude comment teed him off, or I was teed off because it rained all weekend. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see tick off.
See also: off, tee

tee off

v.
1. To drive a golf ball from the tee: The golfer teed off with a 300-yard drive.
2. To hit something or someone solidly with a sweeping blow or stroke: The batter teed off on the pitch and the ball flew over the outfield wall. The boxer was staggering, and his opponent teed off with a hard right-hand punch.
3. To start or begin something: They teed off the fundraising campaign with a dinner. We teed the evening off with cocktails at the hotel.
4. To start; begin: The conference will tee off Saturday morning.
5. Slang To make someone angry or disgusted: These phone solicitations really tee me off. The rude remarks teed off the speaker.
6. tee off on Slang To attack someone verbally: Critics teed off on the mayor for failing to balance the budget.
See also: off, tee
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30, while he last player to tee off on Thursday afternoon at 4.
Overwhelmingly, it is the Americans and the Japanese, who come in droves to tee off in front of the imposing R&A Clubhouse, although numbers of even these hardy players have fallen, following 9/11.
At the last hole they didn't even tee off until they knew what we had done.
So, spending a few days in Iceland last week, I found the perfect solution - a floodlit golf course where you can tee off at midnight in sub-zero temperatures with hardly another soul on the course.
Summary: India's Aditi Ashok, aiming for a unique 'Desert Slam,' will tee off with Gemma Clews of England
The tee off for ladies will be at 6am and the seniors tee off at 10am.
But I can't take an injection before I tee off on a Thursday morning.
According to The Scotsman, Faldo expressed that the golfer hits the wrong shot at the wrong time, while Woods prepares to tee off in Thursday's opening round in the British Open.
In Friday's action, Rose and his group will tee off at 7.
Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk, who are deadlocked in the lead at (-1), will be the final pair to tee off at 6:10 p.
Eugene native Casey Martin will tee off from the first hole at 12:45 p.
Rock, who plays at the Belfry, was stuck in London on Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours before he was due to tee off in the championships.
The NECC Golf Day 2011 is due to tee off at the luxury resort Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington, home to one of Europe's longest and most challenging golf courses.
Most golfers turn up to the club with minutes to spare and head straight for the first tee, make a couple of practice swings and tee off.
The two-man teams will select one player to tee off on odd-numbered holes, while the other tees off on even-number holes.